Teen Driving Linked to Fatal Summer Accidents
I’m Ed Smith, a Fairfield wrongful death lawyer. For teenagers, summer is an exciting time. A break from school and new driver’s licenses can give teens a sense of freedom. However, authorities have noted that over the summer, the rate of fatal crashes in the United States rises significantly. These accidents have been shown to frequently involve teen drivers, and experts say that these months are some of the year’s most dangerous days for driving. Area residents should know that Fairfield and Solano County are no exception. Locally, authorities have seen a high number of teen accident fatalities over this time period in previous years.
On May 31, 2017, a 16-year-old boy from Winters lost his life after his car veered off the road and crashed into a tree at high speeds. The crash took place on a rural Solano County Road and left two other teens with serious injuries.
Three years earlier, a 17-year-old boy from Fairfield was fatally injured when he lost control of his motorcycle and drove over oncoming lanes in Vacaville between Arcadia and Ulatis Drives. Three weeks before that, a June 18th accident left a 16-year-old boy from Vacaville with fatal trauma after he drove off the roadway in a pickup truck on Fry Road while driving over 100 miles per hour.
These tragic accidents are only a portion of the fatal teen crashes in Solano County that has taken place over recent years. In fact, data shows that more than one fatal crash involving a teen driver happened per year during June to August in Solano County over the last 10 years. The city where these accidents occurred most often was Fairfield.
Authorities reported that in 2016, more than 1,000 people lost their lives in the U.S. as the result of crashes that involved teen drivers during the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That is an average of over 10 daily fatalities caused by these collisions. This average is nearly 15 percent higher than the rate for any other time of the year.
Statistics also showed that around 36 percent of fatal auto accidents that involved teen drivers happen between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and about ten percent of deadly accidents that happen at night involved teens behind the wheel. Additionally, the rate of teen-driver accidents that happen at night raises by 22 percent during summer months.
Avoiding accidents isn’t always possible. However, parents can make an impact on their teens’ chances of being seriously injured in a crash. Some steps that parents can take include:
- Talking with teenagers early on and often about the dangers of the road, such as driving at night, speeding, and wet asphalt.
- Setting a good example by driving carefully and paying attention to traffic laws.
- Making an agreement to set driving rules for your family. Rules for driving might include stronger limitations than state laws. Only you can decide what is right for your family.
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